In order to balance the washtub, there are suspension springs installed around.
If these springs have been worn out or damaged then you may consider fixing them and If they go bad they are most often replaced.
These springs are also known as suspension springs, tub springs, or counterweight springs.
If the spring is broken then you may notice that your washtub is tilted towards one side.
A worn-out spring may result in loud noise from the washer during a wash cycle.
Using your washer with a damaged or worn-out spring for a prolonged period of time may cause internal damage. The major damage may occur during the spin cycle because of the high RPM.
Let’s take a quick look at the Causes of Worn-out OR damaged washing machine springs and solutions.
Causes of Worn-out Washing Machine Springs & Preventive measures
One of the primary factors that cause the washing machine springs to wear out is aging. As your washer ages, the constant wear and tear amplify the damage. Having said that it is not the only factor that causes the springs to wear out.
Here are some key factors responsible for worn-out or damaged washing machine springs.
Age of the washer
Unlike other components of the washer, the washtub springs may need a replacement after specific years of usage.
The common problem associated with an aging washer is rusting and springs are no exception.
Over time, springs may get affected by rusting issues, thereby losing their strength. This eventually leads to a broken spring.
Since these springs are designed to hold a specific amount of weight, Overloading them may loosen them.
It’s recommended not to overload the washtub as it puts a lot of stress on the washing machine suspension system.
With repeated abuse by overloading the washer, the spring may lose its effectiveness and this is where you may notice that the inside part is tilting towards one side.
Fabrics loaded in an uneven manner may lead to putting immense pressure on either side of the washtub.
This results in an imbalanced washtub and impacts the washtub during the wash cycle, especially during a spin cycle.
The springs are connected from both ends, and if these connecting hooks or components have been damaged then it may result in worn-out OR damaged springs.
While it is rare, rusting caused by aging can certainly wear out the connecting hooks.
If the washer is placed on a surface that is tilting towards one side, then there is a possibility of springs being impacted by the stress.
An uneven surface not only impacts the springs but also puts a lot of stress on other internal components.
Washing Machine Stand
Washing machine stands usually have four tiny supporting legs or wheels attached.
Stands are placed in order to move a washer with ease and also help protect the base surface of the washer.
If the washing machine stand has worn out OR if it has lost its alignment, then it may cause the washer to tilt slightly which may not be noticeable right away.
If this is not addressed, over time with constant stress on the suspension system the springs will certainly wear out.
Now that you know the common causes of washing machine springs wearing out, let’s take a quick look at the solution.
- While loading the laundry, always keep the capacity of your washer in mind. Loading a laundry size a little bit less than your washer’s capacity can not only optimize the performance of your washer but also prolong the lifespan of the suspension system.
- While running a wash cycle, always remember to load the fabrics evenly. The uneven load will cause the washer to vibrate and may impact the suspension system.
- Replace or fix the connecting ends of the springs if damaged or worn out, in order to prevent further damage to the springs.
- Always place the washer on a plain surface to avoid any damage caused to the balancing components including the spring.
- If your washer looks tilted due to a damaged stand then simply replace it with a strong and suitable washing machine stand.
With worn-out springs one can’t do much as replacement is the only option.
Repairing it won’t make sense simply due to the cost-benefit factor.
Overloading and Aging are the two common factors that damage the internal components of the washer.
This can surely be avoided by loading an even laundry load.
Always avoid using the washer if you notice any unusual behavior during the wash cycle. Quickly stop the cycle and get the cause diagnosed and fixed.
Frequently asked questions
Here are some common questions related to washing machine springs.
Why is my washing machine dancing?
Excessive vibration caused by damaged or worn-out internal components may give you the impression that your washer is dancing. Having said that excess vibration is not normal and needs your attention.
You can get rid of excess vibration by following simple tips such as:
1.) Putting even load inside the washer.
2.) By placing the washer on an even surface.
3.) By not overloading the washer.
4.) By using only the desired quantity of detergent.
Can you fix an unbalanced washer?
Yes, depending on the cause you can fix an unbalanced washer. Causes such as overloading, uneven loading, etc. can be quickly fixed by simply adjusting the load. Other causes such as worn-out washtub belts, springs, bearings, etc. may require special expertise to fix OR replace the damaged components.